Adventures in Coding

Kathy Lopec

Kathy Lopac pictured on the far right at a Code Kitty event

In the fast paced digital world we live in today, educators need to support creative hands-on learning options that prepare students to work in the digitally-based collaborative work environments of tomorrow.
St. Kate’s offers certificate programs that allow women, men, and teachers the opportunity to learn how to expand the capacity of children to become literate in computational thinking and coding, the new language of power.
St. Kate’s graduate student, Kathy Lopac, had a blast learning to code this past year. Travel along with Lopac on this journey via the website she created to inspire others to join her: The Year I Learned to Code.




Advanced Computational Thinking and Coding Spring 2017 Projects


In Advanced Computational Thinking and Coding class, graduate students continue to develop their ability to create with computer programming languages and computational agency. K-12 Teachers complete hands-on activities with Arduino’s that translate computational thinking skills to real world actions.

Check out their projects from this past Spring here:


Ethics in the Information Age: “How Cognitive Surplus Can Elevate the Classroom”

Paint Brushes

As part of Ethics in the Information Age course, Technology Integration graduate students develop school policy or curriculum materials to improve the integration of ethics into student’s digital use practices. Maia Skarphol  and Megan Johnson recently published a webpage page titled “How Cognitive Surplus Can Elevate the Classroom“. They shared it with their district art supervisor who responded by asking them to do a presentation to the middle school and high school art teachers during their Professional Learning Community endeavors. Skarphol & Johnson also discussed a mural project that will involve all of Fargo Public Schools’ art teachers.

Additionally, they will help work on a collaborative project at Madison Elementary School with their MSUM Art Ed professor. This project is a civic collaboration project that involves Madison’s students, parents, community members, local artists, and the Legacy Children’s Foundation.

Congrats to these two scholars for all their achievements! Check out the following links to learn more about their work!

Inforum Newspaper Article Link

Legacy Skate Park and Nature Trail at Madison Park, Fargo N.D. Video

Madison Mural

Literature Review

Kelsey Raasch Pic

Kelsey Raasch pictured in the middle with her mother and sister

This summer generated numerous exciting research projects to be launched this fall in classrooms around the region. As part of that process, several students have offered to share their literature reviews with our community. Here is a really helpful overview of the literature around the effects of purposeful vocabulary instruction by Kelsey Raasch.

Kelsey Raasch – Literature Review



NSF Showcase – Facilitator’s Choice Honor


Here is some excellent news for a Thursday afternoon: Congratulations to Dr. Anderson and the entire SciGirls team!

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project in which St. Kate’s Dr. Siri Anderson serves as a Co-Principal Investigator just received another honor! This award comes on the heels of a Regional Emmy awarded to TPT for the documentary SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs produced as part of the NSF-funded project.

The $1.5 million project, SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Practices in Career and Technical Education Pathways for High School Girls, led by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), won a Facilitator’s Choice Award this year for its video at an NSF Showcase event.

Check out the showcase video here!

The showcase highlighted cutting-edge NSF-funded work as well as work funded by other federal agencies aimed at improving teaching and learning of STEM. Projects were invited to present their work by creating a short (<3 minute) video showcasing the need they are addressing, their intervention, innovation, and impact and how it is being measured.

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